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CareLine SPRING 2014

e The Fre for e MagazinCarers Unpaid Sussex in East

For a quarter of a century, carers in East Sussex have been at the heart of what we do ...here’s to another 25 years!

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healthier Read how carers are shaping our plans in 2014 p7

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Why a walking workout is good for you p13

Book Now

Reserve your place at your local carers forum p4


Welcome to CareLine

In this issue

Jennifer Twist Chief Executive, Care for the Carers

Welcome to the Spring 2014 edition of CareLine. This magazine aims to bring news and information to unpaid carers in East Sussex - people looking after a loved one who could not manage without their help.

organisation. Our core services are funded by the Local Authority and the NHS until the end of September 2014, and this Spring we will be tendering to be able to continue offering these important services for carers.

Care for the Carers is the ‘Carers Centre’ for East Sussex. We are a local independent charity who support and represent local carers, and are a Network Partner of Carers Trust, the largest national carers organisation. Locally we work in partnership with our colleagues in the voluntary & community sector, and health & social care, to strive for the best possible support for carers.

With increased numbers of carers relying on Care for the Carers for support it is crucial that we achieve the funding needed, and that we ensure our services are sustainable, reliable and of the best quality. With this in mind, we have embarked upon a review of our services, and are trying out some new ideas that we hope will mean we can support more carers, better. We welcome your feedback on both existing services and proposed developments - please see page 7 for how to contribute.

2014 is an especially significant year for Care for the Carers our 25th anniversary year. It is a privilege to be leading the organisation into 2014, as we look back over the achievements of the last 25 years. I am proud to be part of a fantastic team of staff and volunteers, and most importantly, to be fortunate enough to meet many inspirational carers who change the lives of those they support daily. In the coming weeks we will be finalising our plans to celebrate our silver jubilee, and the achievements of carers in East Sussex, watch this space! This year, there is also a particular focus on fundraising for our 2

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We are also supporting carers to comment on changes to day care for older people and to maternity and paediatrics services - please contact us if you are interested. The next Carers Forums will focus on Health and Caring - please see pages 4 & 5. I do hope to see you there. Best wishes,

4 You’re invited to your local carers’ forum in March Book now as spaces are limited. 6 Family Carer Coffee Mornings Where to get advice and support to keep your home warm 6 Volunteers Needed! 7 Help review Care for the Carers services 8 Hints and tips for a hospital stay by Laura Fraser Former carer Laura shares her experience 9 Carers Assessments & Carers Personal Budgets Information from Adult Social Care 10 - 11 Update from the groups Francesca tells us about the new carers group in Peacehaven and lets us know about specialist dementia support groups 12 Get fit for 2014 As part of the theme ‘Healthier You’ there’s information about how you can fit exercise into your everyday routine 14 Looking after your wellbeing Do you enjoy writing? Then you might like to take part in 10 week a life writing course. There’s also an update on the WRAP courses from Coastal Wellbeing. 14 Volunteer befrienders needed From the Association of Carers 15 Contact Care for the Carers How to get in touch or update your CareLine subscription 16 Support Us Make a donation to support the work of Care for the Carers


A Note from the Editor Supporting Carers in East Sussex

David Thompson Editor

Do you look after a relative, friend or neighbour who couldn’t manage without your help? If you provide unpaid support to a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems, you are a carer. You might feel that you’re doing what anyone else would in your situation; looking after your mum, son, or best friend and just getting on with it.

I’m really excitied to introduce this issue of CareLine. Not only is it our 25th year supporting carers, we are also asking you for your thoughts on some pretty exciting plans for developments in 2014 (page 7). As it’s a new year, the theme for this edition is “Healthier You”. There’s useful information about looking after your own health and wellbeing, as well as details about the upcoming carers forums in March which also have a health focus. You will also notice that there is an advert on the back cover! Thanks to the support of Kamsons Pharmacies we’re able to distribute CareLine to many of the GP surgeries in East Sussex for free. I hope you enjoy reading this edition,

We are your local carers centre Care for the Carers is an independent charity and we have been supporting unpaid carers in East Sussex since 1989. Our team of staff and volunteers can provide practical & emotional advice. We can put you in touch with other carers, and offer a range of groups, training and events.

we're here to help! Contact the support team on

01323 738390 Or email us at info@cftc.org.uk

Memory Lane Café for Carers On the fourth Friday of each month the Hurstwood View Care Home (Nr Uckfield) will be hosting a Memory Lane Café for carers and their cared for who live with dementia. The café will be open from 10 a.m. until 12 noon and will offer support, fun and cake. Places are limited for each session, for more information or to book a place please contact Patrick at Hurstwood View on 01825 731700. www.cftc.org.uk

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You’re invited to your local carers’ forum

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Many carers put the health of the person they care for first and forget about their own health. You’re just as important. During Carers Week last year we asked local carers to complete the Carers Week survey, which asked you about the impact your caring role has had on your health and wellbeing. Findings highlighted the impact that caring can have on carers health and the importance of carers knowing about the help, support and training available to care safely and maintain a healthy lifestyle. We already know how difficult caring for a loved one can be, but your input into the survey showed how much carers can struggle to look after their own health and wellbeing.

81%

It’s time to think about your health

of carers haven’t had suffient training to help them care safely

62%

of carers’ physical health has suffered because of their caring role

84%

of carers don’t have enough time to look after their own health

81%

of carers find it difficult to sleep because of their caring role

You’re invited to your local carers’ forum Does your caring role impact on your own health? As a carer what steps can you take to live more healthily and what support should there be? Local health organisations will be speaking at each forum about the positive steps you can take to improve your health & wellbeing. There will also be a ‘market place’ of local organisations with representatives on hand to meet and find out about their services.

Book Now! Spaces at each forum are limited, call us on 01323 738390, return the booking slip or book online at www.cftc.org.uk/forum

When & Where?

What is a forum?

Who can attend?

Each forum will meet from 10:30am to 2pm and will include a light lunch. The dates and locations are shown on the map to the right.

A forum is a public meeting which asks questions about services important to carers, gathers carers’ views and opinions and reports these back to decision makers.

Each forum is open to all local carers. You don’t need to be a member or commit to attending regularly.


Book your place

call 01323 738390 online www.cftc.org.uk/forum

Tuesday 1st April United Church, Croft Road, Crowborough, TN6 1HA

Wednesday 2nd April Sussex Coast College Hastings, Station Approach, Hastings, TN34 1BA

Crowborough

High Weald, Lewes & Havens

Hastings & Rother Rye Battle

Lewes

Hailsham

Bexhill

Eastbourne, Hailsham & Seaford Eastbourne

Hastings

Thursday 3rd April Hampden Park Community Centre, Brodrick Road, Hampden Park, Eastbourne, BN22 9NR

BOOK YOUR PLACE 1. Your details

2. Choose the forum in your local area

Name

If you are unsure, please contact us or leave blank

Address

Tuesday 1st April United Church, Croft Road, Crowborough TN6 1HA

Postcode Telephone Email Please contact me to discuss my requirements e.g. dietary, mobility, language, sensory impairment I would like to bring the person I care for There is an additional cost of ÂŁ5 per person, please enclose a cheque made payable to Care for the Carers

Wednesday 2nd April Sussex Coast College Hastings, Station Approach, Hastings, TN34 1BA Thursday 3rd April Hampden Park Community Centre, Brodrick Road, Hampden Park, Eastbourne, BN22 9NR 3. Post your reply form to our freepost address Care for the Carers, FREEPOST RTAC-GURC-XUJC Highlight House, 8 St Leonards Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3UH

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Group News

Volunteers Needed

Family Carers Coffee Mornings Do you look after an adult (16+) with a learning disability or autism? Come along to one of our coffee mornings which meet between 10:30am and 12:30pm each month in: »» Eastbourne on the last Tuesday of the month »» Seaford on the last Thursday of the month »» Hastings on the first Thursday of the month.

Coming soon! We are also planning a new Coffee Morning in Bexhill, we’ll keep you updated when we know more. If you’d like a Coffee Morning in your area please get in touch.

Want to know more? For more information or to come along please contact Sarah Stevens, email sarahs@cftc.org.uk or call her on 01323 738 390. Please let your family-carer friends know about them too!

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Supporting Carers in East Sussex

Do you have some spare time? Have you thought about volunteering? There are many different ways that you could get involved as a volunteer and help support carers of all ages in your community. At the moment we’re looking for volunteers who can help with the following projects:

Young carers clubs We have two new clubs in Newhaven and Crowborough, which meet fortnightly on a Monday evening, urgently in need of volunteer... ...drivers to transport young carers from their home to the club and back again

Macmillan Carer Support Project Could you be a friendly face on an information stand? Help to promote the support available to carers in your local community. There’s no regular time commitment - you can give as little or as much time as you like.

Carer Befriending Project We are urgently in need of volunteer befrienders. There are many carers who feel isolated due to their caring role and need someone to talk to. Could you spare a few hours each month to lend a listening ear?

...cooks to whip up simple, delicious & nutritious meals for young carers at club

Interested?

...support to help with running activities at club

To find out more about any of the volunteering vacancies and get involved call Carole 01323 738390 or email caroleg@cftc.org.uk


Help review Care for the Carers services With a growing number of carers in East Sussex, and Government cuts to health and social care budgets, more carers are coming to us for support. To make sure that we are making the very best use of our resources, and offering the support that local carers need, when they need it, we are reviewing our services. As a carer-led organisation, we began by asking our membership for their views at our AGM in December. Together we explored ways in which we might provide better services to carers, whilst making the most efficient use of resources. We are piloting some of these new ideas to test out how successful they are in practice.

Face to face advice and support - near where you live It is vital that we can meet carers in person, but we also need to make sure that we spend as much time as possible supporting carers, not travelling between appointments!

make an appointment with a specialist carer support worker close to home, and we expect it to enable us to see more carers more quickly. So far, clinics are available in Bexhill, Rye, Battle, Eastbourne and Hastings.

Call in to the Carers’ Centre During office hours, a Carer Support Worker is now available to see carers calling in to the Carers Centre in Eastbourne, or telephoning needing urgent support.

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getting too big, carers needing to wait and how to offer more groups. We will be piloting new groups enabling carers to build their caring ‘toolkit’ during an agreed time period, before progressing on to a more traditional peer support group. There will be opportunities to develop new skills, confidence and a network of supporters, with Care for the Carers staff and specialist guest speakers contributing to the programme. Following carers’ requests, we are developing a list of carers who would like to be put in contact with others who share their interests and / or caring experience - to chat on the phone or meet for coffee.

What do you think? We want to make the Carers Resource Centre more available so carers can use the information library or internet, and are looking for volunteers to make this possible. Could you spare any time to host the centre and guide visitors through the resources?

Carers’ clinics

Carers Groups and wellbeing opportunities

We are piloting regular ‘carers’ clinics’ in GP surgeries and community settings. This provides a new opportunity for carers to

Carers groups have become very popular, and are a much valued support. We have needed to consider how to prevent groups

Your views on these ideas are especially welcome. Is there a service you’ve always wished could exist for carers in East Sussex? Have you tried one of the new services? Please complete our online survey www.cftc.org.uk/shapeourplans call us on 01323 738390 or email info@cftc.org.uk. Thank you!

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Shared experiences Hints and tips for a hospital stay By Laura Fraser, Pevensey I was a carer for my Mum Ann who sadly passed away last February after being diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2012. We moved to Sussex in March 2009, to what was to be our forever home. Unfortunately, a year later, Mum’s health began to deteriorate and it was during her first hospital stay in 2010 that I decided to contact Care for the Carers - they have been there for me ever since with support and advice.

Admission to hospital It’s always very difficult when a loved one is admitted to hospital, I hope these “hints and tips” can help in some small way. The person’s admission could either be as an emergency or planned following on from a visit to the GP. If you’ve got time, I found it helpful to make checklist of the everyday essentials my mum would need at hospital - at top of my list was the Care Passport from Care for the Carers and list of her current medication. At admission there is usually a lot of paperwork to complete and various assessments. This is when you may have an opportunity to contact relatives or friends to let them know what is happening. Take care not to notify too many people as you will spend forever updating them all, when you are already busy enough! No one likes being admitted to hospital so try to remain calm,

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and if you don’t know what’s happening ask plenty of questions of the hospital staff as to ‘the plan’.

Overnight stay If the patient is staying overnight, before you leave make sure that you: »» Get the direct-dial contact number of the ward/a contact name (if possible)

the hospital staff, BUT you must look after yourself. My mum was always worrying about me and if I was looking after myself, so taking care of myself was something I could do help her worry less. You will be in a state of shock/ concern and in a bit of a “fog” initially but things to consider are: »» Keep a diary so you can keep a list of how things progress

»» Check the visiting times

»» A “To Do” list of what needs to be done and who to contact

»» Ask about any restrictions on items not allowed on the ward (this can include fresh flowers)

»» Does someone have spare keys to your house or do you have a keysafe - one less worry

»» Ensure that the staff have all your contact numbers

»» Ensure you have enough food in, if you are on your own ready meals are a must!

»» Leave the patient with a few pounds in change, in case they want to buy a paper/biscuits when the trolley comes round

»» Don’t refuse any help from family or friends!

Looking after yourself

»» Try and pace yourself - you cannot do everything and look after yourself as well.

This is a stressful and worrying time for you, as you have handed over the care of your loved one to

»» Plan your trips to the hospital and tasks you can do on the way i.e. filling up with petrol


»» When you are visiting always wear various layers of clothes. The hospital is often hot and stuffy and the last thing you want is to feel uncomfortable.

Useful information »» Always ask questions of the staff and remember to impart your knowledge of the patient, you know them best »» Plan visitors - update them about the patient so that nursing staff aren’t having to repeat themselves and tell them what is allowed on the ward. Nice lotions and anything “smelly” is always good, nice treats like little biscuits are great. »» If the patient is going to be in hospital for a few weeks and you drive, speak with the parking team (in the hut in the carpark) about getting a concession. »» Concerns - If you have any concerns about the patient’s care go to the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) office for assistance (ask at reception) »» Always bring any washing home for the patient and get a list of anything they want. »» Anti-bacterial wipes are useful »» Leave the patient with a mobile and charger as the phones are expensive. »» The radio is free in the hospital and for older patients is a great alternative to the tv.

Carers Assessments & Carers Personal Budgets Information from Adult Social Care The carer’s assessment is an essential first step in getting the support you may need. It looks at: »» the care you provide and how this affects you; »» any support you are getting now and what else you think might help. The assessment can also give you lots of information about other services that might help you and if you qualify for support from us. Usually, it makes sense for us to assess you as a carer and the person you care for together so we are aligning client and carer reviews wherever possible. This may mean that your annual carer’s review happens a bit later, or earlier, than you are expecting and ensures we take account of your needs as a carer and your caring role in considering the needs of the person you care for. However, if your needs or circumstances, or those of the person you care for, have changed you can request an unscheduled review.

Carers personal budgets You can use your carer’s personal budget to support you in your caring role in ways identified through your assessment or review such as improving your own health or wellbeing, education, training or leisure activities or to take a short break from caring. You can also use a carers personal budget to pay for one-off or occasional respite care if the person you care for cannot be left alone. There is no automatic entitlement to a carers personal budget and the amount you could get will depend on your needs identified by your carer’s assessment and additionally may reflect the financial pressures the council is facing. To request a carer’s assessment contact Social Care Direct on 0345 60 80 19 or the team involved with the person you care for.


Carers In Touch

Francesca’s update from the groups Now that Christmas, the New Year, power cuts and fallen trees are no more than distant memories and it all seems a bit flat, I would like to herald some good news.

NEW

From the 18th of February we made a new addition to our successful carers groups - a new carers group in Peacehaven. This new group will mean that Peachaven carers no longer need to travel to Seaford to meet and will be meeting on the third Tuesday of the month from 10:30 until 12 noon.

here’s a list of when & where each group meets

All our group meetings focus on giving carers the opportunity to discuss their caring role, their experiences and joys, frustrations and also make friends in a safe and confidential environment. Confidentiality is a priority. On occasion guest speakers are invited to join us to talk about the services their organisations services offer and sometimes groups have participated in assisting with pertinent research. Tea, coffee and chocolate biscuits are never too far away. If you’re interesting in coming along to a group near you and would like more information please contact me. We are also looking to involve carers in organising social activities as well as exploring new avenues in enhancing carers’ skills - I will keep you up to date on progress made. Please do get in touch if you have any ideas you would like to share!

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call me on 01323 738390 or email .org.uk francescam@cftc


When & where Each group meets monthly on the following days: 2nd Monday 3rd Monday 4th Monday 3rd Tuesday 1st Wednesday 2nd Wednesday 3rd Wednesday 4th Wednesday

Lewes

In addition to the carer support groups, we also run specialist groups focusing on a specific issue or health condition.

Eastbourne #2

Learning disability support groups Sarah, our Learning Disability Involvement Worker, runs monthly groups for family carers, read more on page 6.

Eastbourne #1 Peacehaven Hailsham Seaford Pevensey Rye

Eastbourne Bookwatch

2nd Thursday

3rd Thursday 4th Thursday 1st Friday

3rd Friday 4th Friday

Specialist carer support groups

Wadhurst Bexhill

Hastings & St. Leonards Forest Row Uckfield

Interested?

Mental health support groups Morag, our Mental Health Carer Support Worker, runs monthly support groups which have a focus on mental health issues and can be attended by carers affected by mental ill health. If you would like to know more call Morag on 01323 738390 or email moragm@cftc.org.uk Other carer support groups in East Sussex Other support groups are also available from condition specific organisations in East Sussex, here are the details of groups from the Alzheimer’s Society for carers of someone with dementia. Dementia support groups If you support someone with dementia, would you like somewhere you can discuss issues affecting your life? These groups provide a safe, friendly environment where you can be yourself and talk about dementia comfortably with others who find themselves in a similar situation. The Alzheimer’s Society Carers Support Groups run in: Ticehurst Second Thursday of each month 11- 1 pm. Newington Court, Pickforde Lane TN5 7DJ Rye Last Tuesday of each month, 2-4pm. Rye Memorial Hospital, Peasmarsh Road TN31 7UD Bexhill Third Wednesday of each month, 2-4pm. The Charter Centre, London Road, TN39 3JU. Hastings & St Leonards Last Monday of each month, 2-4pm. St Barnabas Church, Hoads Wood Road,TN34 2BA For further information please ring Susanne Gifford 01424 773687 or 07715 802134 www.cftc.org.uk

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Improve your fitness for 2014 healthier

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Many carers put the health of the person they care for first and forget about their own health. You’re just as important.

Healthy Living Clubs for over 50’s Are you 50 or over, and worried that you may not be doing enough to keep in shape?

In this issue we’re looking at a growing problem in the UK - obesity. Losing weight can often seem like an enormous job. But it’s not impossible. By understanding how we can be a bit healthier and a bit fitter we can avoid the prediction that, by 2050, half of the people in the UK will be obese.

Then why not try some low impact fun activities in a relaxed local environment for only 50p a session.

Most of us don’t have the time to go to the gym and to many its a luxury we can’t afford. But this shouldn’t stop you. There are many different ways you can excercise for free. Speak to your GP for more information and advice; they can also put you touch with your local health trainers who are local people trained to help you make positive changes to achieve a healthier lifestyle.

Each Healthy Living Club session is for two hours, run on a fortnightly basis and will offer you the opportunity to get involved in different activities, such as boccia, ping pong, gentle chair exercises, Tai Chi and others.

On this double page spread read how a ‘walking workout’ can really benefit your health. You’ll also find some useful links to Change4Life and NHS choices which have lots of tips for healthier living, and if you’re over 50 why not attend your local healthy living clubs from Age UK? 12 Care for the Carers

Age UK East Sussex is running 3 Healthy Living Clubs in St. Leonards, Hailsham and North Eastbourne, starting in January. The clubs are about encouraging people to become more active, meet new friends and receive information and advice on healthy eating and general health.

Participants will be encouraged to make suggestions on the type of activities they would like to see at the Healthy Living Clubs and the type of support they would like to receive to help them improve their health. Each Healthy Living Club is from 10am to 12 noon - on a Monday in Hastings, on a Tuesday in Hailsham and on a Thursday in North Eastbourne. For further information please contact Su Reece, Healthy Living Clubs Co-ordinator on 01273 476704, mobile 07850987148 or email susan.reece@ageukeastsussex.org.uk


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of exercise - our brains release chemicals that make us feel good. And that means walking can help us cope with things like depression, stress and anxiety.

Short of time?

Why a walking workout really works Walking is one of the simplest and most effective forms of physical activity. Anyone can do it and it’s easy to get started. Being active can reduce your risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke and some cancers. As well as being good for you, walking can be fun! Joining a walking group is a great way to meet new friends and see more of your local area.

Walking works Walking is particularly good if you find it difficult to get active. It’s really easy to get started, you don’t need any special equipment and best of all, brisk walking counts towards your recommended daily amount of physical activity. Walking is great for keeping our minds healthy in the long-term too, because when we walk just like when we do any kind

East Sussex County Council – type ‘Walks in East Sussex’ into your search engine or go to www.eastsussex.gov.uk/walks Here you can find information about walking opportunities all over East Sussex. There’s a walking app too!

Try introducing walking into your everyday life. Get off the bus a stop earlier, or for short journeys • Fancy a longer walk? Have a why not walk instead of taking the look at The Ramblers at: car? These small steps can make a www.ramblers.org.uk big difference to your health and wellbeing, and build a little bit of To get the best out of your walk, ‘me time’ into your daily routine. make sure you combine physical activity with healthy eating.

What’s stopping you?

Sometimes a walk alone in the fresh air is just what you need. But if you’re just getting started and you’re not sure that you want to do all your walking alone - or if you like the idea of having other people around to help you stay motivated – there are lots of groups and information to help you get started. Have a look at: •

Walking for Health: www.walkingforhealth.org.uk Here you can find information about short walks led by friendly and trained leaders. Contact Paula Hubens, TCV Healthy Walks Project Officer on 07740 899559 or e-mail p.hubens@tcv.org.uk to find out more

Want more information? Change4Life has loads of healthy eating tips and recipes, and fun ways to exercise. Find out more at: www.nhs.uk/change4life NHS Choices has lots of tips for healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle too. Find out more at: www.nhs.uk/livewell Health Trainers, provided by the NHS, are local people trained to help you make positive changes to achieve a healthier lifestyle. They can support you to make the lifestyle changes you want, such as losing weight, eating more healthily, getting more active or stopping smoking. 0800 917 8896. www.esht.nhs.uk/health-trainers

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Looking after your own wellbeing Wellness & Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) Do you ever feel overwhelmed by your responsibilities?

Therapeutic Writing in the Havens and Lewes Jan Holm has 20 years teaching experience and an MA in creative writing, and would like to offer carers a course in life writing. The course will run for ten weeks, two hours each week and with a little weekly homework. The group will be small so you can relax with like minded people to talk and write about yourselves. There will be fun with enjoyable creative activities, discussions and sharing memories through short written assignments. The course is not concerned with writing perfect prose, rather encouraging you to write in any way you wish, about memories stimulated by activities provided in the group. Research evidence suggests that this type of writing is very beneficial as a technique for self care, as well as renewing confidence and a sense of self.

Would you like the opportunity to explore what you need for your own wellbeing? Would you like to meet with other carers in a supportive environment? A 6 week WRAP group offers carers the opportunity to explore safe and simple tools you can use to maintain your wellbeing and support you when you are facing challenges. WRAP groups are offered by Coastal Wellbeing in a variety of locations throughout East Sussex and are free of charge: »» »» »» »» »»

Hastings, starts Monday, 10 March Hailsham, starts Tuesday, 1 April Eastbourne, starts Wednesday, 23 April Bexhill, starts Tuesday, 3 June Uckfield, starts Friday, 6 June

This is what carers have said about WRAP: “Being with people in the same situation as myself is very helpful. It’s nice to know you are not alone.” “The main benefit I have felt is relief that once a week I get to sit with people who truly understand what I go through daily. It means so much that I can laugh, cry and feel supported by the leaders as well as the group.” If you would like to book a place or find out more please contact Coastal Wellbeing. Call Molly on 07507 734370 or Lucy on 07598 323254 or email molly@coastalwellbeing. co.uk or lucy@coastalwellbeing.co.uk www.coastalwellbeing.co.uk/wrap-for-carers/

If you are interested or would like to know more please contact Francesca on 01323 738390

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Volunteers Needed

Fancy a Cup of Tea and a Chat? The Association of Carers Appeal for Volunteers 2014 Could you spare just 3 hours a week, visiting people in their own home; enjoying a cup of tea, a chat, or perhaps playing a boardgame?

As well as befriending often quite isolated and poorly people, you would also be providing a much-needed weekly break to carers who look after a relative or friend, often 24 hours a day. The Association of Carers, a charity local to East Sussex, is appealing for seventy volunteers in the next few months in order to continue its important work in the community. Many people volunteer but if you have never tried it, the rewards can be great: one Association of Carers volunteer, Andy, said:

enjoys the visits, but I also feel rewarded knowing how happy his wife is with the help I provide’. The Association of Carers is unique in that they seek to match volunteers and the people they sit with by common interests giving both people the best chance of enjoying their time together. Volunteers do not carry out any nursing tasks. If you think you can help, please ring the Association of Carers on: 0300 330 9498

‘Steve and I watch football together, talk and laugh. I feel great knowing how much he

Contact Care for the Carers

freepost address

call us on 01323 738 390 or email info@cftc.org.uk If you would like more information, support or advice around your caring role, or to notify us of any changes, please complete this slip and return it to our freepost address.

Name Address

Care for the Carers FREEPOST RTAC-GURC-XUJC Highlight House 8 St Leonards Road Eastbourne, BN21 3UH

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Support Care for the Carers If you would like to make a donation please send the form below, along with your donation as a cheque or postal order, to our freepost address. For more information please call us on 01323 738390

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I enclose a cheque/postal order Please make cheques payable to Care for the Carers

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A Lasting Legacy Please contact me to discuss how I can make a donation in my will

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